507 N Railroad Street
Burton, TX 77835
PO Box 492
Burton, TX 77835
Plans are underway to have the Depot open to the public on Saturdays starting in 2008.
Susan S. Kiel, Secretary
We are working hard to have the Depot open to the public on Saturdays in 2008. We have started a complete inventory. We have quite a few items in the Museum and are now working on getting them labeled and improve upon our displays. It's really a constant struggle to maintain our membership rolls and encourage our members to continue volunteering. This Depot was a vital part of our community's heritage and we must continue to preserve and protect its future.
The Burton Heritage Society was formed in 1973. Our first project was caring for the Mt. Zion Cemetery. The Burton Baptist Church was donated to the Society and was moved on the Mt. Zion Cemetery property, it's original site and restored. The old Burton State Bank Building was given to the Society and also has been restored. Now it houses the Burton City Hall. The Burton Depot was moved back to near it's original location and restored. We received a historical marker in 1993. We are still going strong and are trying to continue our work on the Depot and have it open to the public in the form of a museum. We are currently working on an overall inventory and museum display. Here's a little more history in regards to the Depot in the form of what appears on our historical marker, "Burton began as a terminal on the Houston & Texas Central Railroad in 1870. A depot, built that year, burned in 1898 and was replaced by this structure. Built according to standard plans of the Southern Pacific Railroad (which absorbed the Houston & Texas Central), it exhibits elements of the Queen Anne and Italianate styles. Outstanding features include wide overhanging eaves and "sunburst" gable windows typical in Southern Pacific structures."
Railroad artifacts and memorabilia
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